Press Release

 Mardi Gras San Francisco Style and Super Bowl 50 Celebrations in the Fillmore
 “Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore” returns with free blues concerts & Super Bowl Festival

SAN FRANCISCO — The Village Project will add a pre-Mardi Gras Celebration:  “Super Bowl 50 in The Fillmore” to its annual Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore. The 10th  annual Mardi Gras San Francisco Style with great music, creative costumes, good food and colorful beads, will include a free community Super Bowl concert in the Fillmore Center Plaza on Saturday, February 6th.  The festive celebration will resume on Fat Tuesday, February 9th with a free blues party, a New Orleans style processional and culminate with a masquerade ball.

The two day festival will again bring San Francisco’s historic Fillmore Music District to life with blues, a colorful family friendly carnival atmosphere, along with face painting, street artists and performers. Tia Carroll will blast out soulful tunes, from 4 to 9 p.m. on opening day, Feb. 6th.   Starting at 5 pm, legendary blues artists Bobbie “Spider” Webb and Alvon Johnson will headline Fat Tuesday’s activities (Feb. 9th), along with a New Orleans style processional down the Fillmore Corridor followed by the annual Masquerade Ball at West Bay Conference Center at 7 pm.

Guests will be able to enjoy food, drink and other specialties at numerous Fillmore restaurants, clubs and businesses. A plethora of eclectic delectable eats will be available to satisfy every palate — whether it’s coffee and sports at the Fillmore Café, homemade cookies and ice cream at Bumzy’s Cookies and Miyako Ice Cream; Bruno’s Italian, mouth- watering sandwiches from Prime Dip or Ethiopian cuisine & Jazz from Sheba Piano Lounge. Brooklyn Circus is offering a 10% discount, a free T-shirt and complimentary refreshment with conditional purchase and Teri’s Creation and Hats on Fillmore will have 20% off specials throughout the week.

“We are excited to add a super bowl component to this year’s celebration as we are expecting visitors from the Fillmore District and beyond,” said Adrian Williams, executive director of The Village Project and co-producer of the event. “Not only does our annual Mardi Gras celebration include what people look for in the traditional New Orleans celebrations, it continues to embrace the history of this neighborhood — where music has been intertwined into the fabric of everyday life for more than 100 years.  With the help of Super Bowl 50, San Francisco Travel and Soul America, we expect to attract tourists to The Fillmore, one of the most historical neighborhoods in San Francisco, for an evening filled with fun and community”.
 
Following the outdoor festivities, the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball will take place at the West Bay Conference Center, at 1290 Fillmore. The crown jewel of San Francisco’s Fat Tuesday celebration will feature Alvon Johnson &  Band and DJ, Mr. “C”, spinning dance tunes, as guests enjoy an evening of New Orleans style food prepared by Nia Soul, dancing to Zydeco and rhythm and blues, and plenty of partying.

Advance purchase tickets for the Masquerade Ball are available at www.eventbrite.com. Ticket price include admission to the ball, dinner, beads, a wristband for corridor specials and a beverage.

The purchase of a $10 wristband will allow those not attending the ball to enjoy specials offered by numerous Fillmore restaurants, clubs and businesses along the Fillmore Corridor. Tickets and wristbands can be purchased @ www.eventbrite.com.

About the Village Project

Adrian Williams is the founder of The Village Project, a youth service organization focusing on education and cultural enrichment for youth and their families in the Western Addition. This annual fundraiser helps support an afterschool program and a free 8 week summer camp for underserved youth. The Village Project also produces Grilling in the ‘MO, A Senior Moment, A Senior Prom for the 50+ and Seven Days of Kwanzaa Celebration, which last year was held in 14 different venues throughout San Francisco.

This year’s Mardi Gras San Francisco Style is co-sponsored by the Fillmore Center Apartments, MONS, and District 5 Supervisor and President of the Board of Supervisors, London Breed. Community partners who have consistently supported the Village Project’s efforts are San Francisco Travel, Episcopal Charities,
Cathedral Hill Plaza Apartments, Renaissance Parents of Success, Jewish Community High School of the Bay, West Bay Conference Center, Jazz’z Salon & Boutique, YMCA Urban Services, Western Addition Family Resource Center, The Magic Zone, The Brooklyn Circus – SF, Bruno’s Pizza, Third World Market, Prime Dip, Bumzy’s Cookies, Sheba Piano Lounge, Union of Black Episcopalians, Miyako Ice Cream, EOC, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, St. Mary’s of the Virgin Episcopal Church, Teri’s Creation and Boutique, Nia Soul Catering, Bi-Rite Markets, Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, The Western Addition Senior Center, The Fillmore Auditorium, The Fillmore Café, Whole Foods, Charlie’s Pharmacy, The Mayor’s Office of Events,  Ethiobay, Hats of the Fillmore, Progressive Cleaners, European Cleansers, The Village Project Advisory Board, Africana Studies, San Francisco State and the AAACC.  Special thanks to Shelley Bradford Bell and Delaine Irvin.

Business Name: The Village Project
Contact: Adrian Williams
Address: 2097 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 424-2980
Websites URL: http://www.thevillageprojectsf.org http://www.mardigrassanfrancisco.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vt-h4UjD0o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2pFo7Jdc_g, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXAUj3MG0UA

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